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2014 Commonwealth Games Day 3 Glasgow Highlights




Rahi Sarnobat Adds to Apurvi Chandela’s Gold in Shooting

After a great start with a silver courtesy Prakash Nanjappa in 10m Air Pistol shooting and a gold-and-silver from Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul in women’s 10m Air Rifle, boxer Vijender Singh got off to a bright start.

 Indian women shooters put up a spirited show as they clinched a couple of gold medals and bagged three silver medals. Indian hockey team crushed Scotland, while Vijender Singh made an impressive start to his boxing campaign. Here are the highlights. (Results)

00:43 (IST): Parikshit Kumar loses to Jake Andrewartha of Australia in men’s judo 100kg bronze medal fight.


Rajwinder Kaur brought India some cheer, winning bronze.
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00:10 (IST): India’s Rajwinder Kaur beats EA Ratugi of Kenya to win bronze in women’s judo 78kg event.

23:47 (IST): Indian women lose 3-1 to Singapore in semi-finals of Table Tennis event. India will take on Australia in bronze medal match on Sunday.

23:38 (IST): India’s Dipika Pallikal loses to Alison Waters in the quarter-final of women’s squash event.

23:29 (IST): India’s Sahil Pathania loses bronze medal fight in men’s judo 100kg category.

23.04 (IST): India’s judoka Jina Devi Chongtham loses bronze medal match in the women’s 78kg category.

22:33 (IST): Shooting: India’s Rahi Sarnobat wins gold in Women’s 25M Air Pistol. Anisa Sayyed settles for silver.

22:01 (IST): Men’s Hockey: India beat Scotland 6-2.


Vijender Singh is one of India’s best medal prospects. © AP

21:51 (IST): India’s Rahi Sarnobat and Anisha Sayyed qualify for Women’s 25m Pistol finals. Gold and silver assured for India.

21:47 (IST): Women’s Team Table Tennis Semis: Manika Batra stuns Mengyu Yu in singles. India tied 1-1 with Singapore.

21:44 (IST): Men’s Hockey: 56′ Kenny Bain gets one back for Scotland. India still lead by 6 goals to one though.

21:40 (IST): Shooting: Rahi Sarnobat and Anisha Sayyed are currently 1st & 2nd in Women’s 25m Pistol semifinals.

21:35 (IST): Men’s Hockey 49′ Rupinder Singh adds a second and India have a sixth goal. India 6 Scotland 0.

21:32 (IST): Men’s Hockey 46′ Raghunath goes low this time in his penalty corner strike for 2nd goal! India 5 Scotland 0.

21:26 (IST): Men’s Hockey: 40′ Four! Gurwinder Chandi gives India a fourth goal. India 4 Scotland 0.

21:24 (IST): Men’s Hockey: 37′ India’s Rupinder Singh triples India’s lead vs Scotland as he scores from the penalty corner. They now lead 3-0.

21:22 (IST): Men’s Hockey: The second half is now underway as India lead Scotland 2-0.

21:15 (IST): Men’s Boxing: India’s Vijender Singh beats Andrew Kometa in Men’s Middleweight Round of 32 bout.

21:11 (IST): Men’s Hockey: India lead Scotland 2-0 at halftime.

21:08 (IST): Men’s Hockey: 32′ Scotland miss from the penalty corner. India still 2-0 ahead.


India’s gold medallist Apurvi Chandela, center, poses for photographers with teammate and silver medallist Ayonika Paul, left, and bronze medallist Malaysia’s Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi, following the 10m Rifle Women Final at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday, July 26, 2014.

20:57 (IST): Men’s Hockey: 22′ Raghunath converts from the penalty corner to give India 2-0 lead vs Scotland.

20:53 (IST): 21′ Shouts of ‘come on, India!’ fill the stadium at Glasgow even though they are playing against Scotland in front of their home crowd. Inspiring! India 1-0 Scotland.

20:47 (IST): Men’s Hockey: 13′ India trying to score in the counter-attack vs Scotland. Still 1-0 ahead though.

20:39 (IST): 6′ Gurbaj Singh scores to put India 1-0 ahead vs Scotland in men’s hockey.

20:33 (IST): The India vs Scotland Men’s hockey match is finally underway.

20:24 (IST): Coming up: India vs Scotland in men’s hockey in a few minutes.

20:18 (IST): India’s Manoj Kumar beats Lesotho’s M Moshoeshoe in 64kg boxing round of 32 clash.

19:57 (IST): 10m Air Rifle Women Finals: India’s Apurvi Chandela (206.7 points) wins gold & Ayonika Paul (204.9 points) wins silver. Great one-two!  

19:54 (IST): 10m Air Rifle Women Finals: India’s Apurvi Chandela & Ayonika Paul will battle it out for gold & silver.

19:52 (IST): 10m Air Rifle Women Finals: India’s Apurvi Chandela is still leading and Ayonika Paul is still 2nd after 16 shots. Gold and silver positions likely.

19:50 (IST): 10m Air Rifle Women Finals: India’s Apurvi Chandela is leading and Ayonika Paul is 2nd after 14 shots.

19:42 (IST): 10m Air Rifle Women Finals: India’s Apurvi Chandela is leading and Ayonika Paul is at 4th after 10 shots.

19:40 (IST): 10m Air Rifle Women Finals: India’s Apurvi Chandela is leading and Ayonika Paul is at 6th after 8 shots.

19:30 (IST): India’s Jina Devi Chongtham will take on Vanessa Mballa Atangana in Women’s 78kg judo bronze medal matchoff. That will take place at 22:51 hrs IST.

19:21 (IST): India’s Rajwinder Kaur will take on VS Ratugi of Kenya in Women’s over 78kg judo bronze medal matchoff. That is coming up at 23:40 hrs IST.

19:12 (IST): India’s Sahil Pathania will take on Tim Slyfield of New Zealand in 100 kg Men’s Judo bronze medal matchoff. That is coming up at 23:12 hrs IST.

19:10 (IST): India’s Sahil Pathania wins his Repechage bout to enter Bronze Medal matchoff in 100kg Men’s Judo.

19:06 (IST): Lawn Bowls: India win 9 of 14 ends but end up losing 12-13 to Northern Ireland in Women’s Fours.

18:42 (IST): Rahi Sarnobat and Anisha Sayyed’s Women’s 25m Pistol semifinals are scheduled for 9:30 pm tonight.

18:37 (IST): Shooting: India’s Rahi Sarnobat qualifies for Women’s 25m Pistol semifinals. Anesha Sayyed also qualifies along with her.

18:19 (IST): Squash: India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar beats Peter Creed of Wales in Men’s Classic Plate Round of 16.

18:02 (IST): Prakash Nanjappa’s silver medal in 10m Air Pistol was India’s 11th medal at the Commonwealth Games and third from shooting.

17:54 (IST): Cycling: India’s Kezia Vergheese finishes 12th in Women’s Sprint Qualification.

17:41 (IST): Parikshit Kumar of India will face Australia’s Jake Andrewartha in over 100kg judo bronze medal match.

17:35 (IST): Parikshit Kumar of India beats Gavin McNeil in Men’s over 100 kg Judo Repechage.

17:32 (IST): Prakash Nanjappa is also supported by Olympic Gold Quest, a program started by Geet Sethi and Prakash Padukone to identify and support Indian athletes with a proven track record and with potential to win Olympic gold medals.

17:23 (IST): Prakash Nanjappa made a comeback from partial facial paralysis last year to win the silver medal. Inspirational!

17:17 (IST): India’s Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul will be in action in Women’s 10m Air Rifle Finals at 19:30 IST.

17:01 (IST): Shooting: India’s Prakash Nanjappa wins silver in 10m Air Pistol final. He finished with 198.2 points. Daniel Repacholi of Australia wins Gold with 199.5 points. England’s Michael Gault wins bronze.


Australia’s Daniel Repacholi, centre, holds his gold medal with silver medalist India’s Prakash Nanjappa, left, and bronze medalist England’s Michael Gault following the final of the 10m Air Pistol Men at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie, Scotland, during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Saturday July 26, 2014.

16:57 (IST): Prakash Nanjappa vying for silver in 10m Air Pistol final. India assured of a medal.

16:52 (IST): Prakash Nanajappa 2nd with four shooters remaining in 10m Air Pistol final.

16:48 (IST): Shooting: India’s Prakash Nanjappa slips to third position in 10m Air Pistol after 12 shots with 118.6 points.

16:44 (IST): Shooting: India’s Prakash Nanjappa tied at first position in 10m Air Pistol finals after 10 shots with 100.9 points.

16:34 (IST): Prakash Nanjappa starts with a 10.7 in 10m Air Pistol Finals. Great start for India!

16:31 (IST): India’s Sahil Pathania beats Dominic Dugasse in Men’s 100kg judo repechage.

16:28 (IST): India’s Prakash Nanjappa in action in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol finals now.

16:18 (IST): India’s Sahil Pathania loses to Jason Koster of New Zealand in men’s 100kg judo quarters.

16:11 (IST): Shooting: India’s Mairaj Ahmed Khan fails to qualify for Men’s Skeet final, misses out by one target. Baba Bedi also misses out.

16:10 (IST): India’s Parikshit Kumar loses to Sam Rosser of New Zealand in Men’s over 100kg judo quarters.

15:58 (IST): Shooting: India’s Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul qualify for Women’s 10m Air Rifle finals. Here is how the medals tally looks for India as of now.

15:52 (IST): Shooting: India’s Anisha Sayyed 2nd, Rahi Sarnobat 9th after precision round in Women’s 25m Pistol qualification.

15:48 (IST): India make semifinals of women’s table tennis team event after beating New Zealand 3-0.

15:41 (IST): Shooting: India’s Rahi Sarnobat is at 3rd position in 25m Women’s Pistol Precision qualification.

15:38 (IST): Shooting: India’s Anesha Sayyed (286 points) is at 2nd position in 25m Women’s Pistol Precision qualification now.

15:26 (IST): India’s Rajwinder Kaur loses to Jodiye Myers of England in over 78kg judo quarters.

15:21 (IST): British cycling great Chris Hoy was recently stopped from entering the Hoy Velodrome named after him in Glasgow. Read more here.

15:16 (IST): India’s Jina Devi loses to Laura Portuondo of Canada in 78kg judo quarters.


A screenshot of India’s medals tally early on Day 3 of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. © NDTV

15:08 (IST): India’s Parikshit Kumar beats Md Ruzaini Abdul Razak in Men’s over 100kg judo Round of 16.

15:00 (IST): Here is what yesterday’s gold medal winner and India’s shooting pride, Abhinav Bindra had to say to us after his 10m Air Rifle win.

14:53 (IST): India’s Sahil Pathania moves into Judo Men’s 100 kg quarters after beating Raymond Normeshie of Ghana.

14:47 (IST): India’s Avatar Singh loses to Matthew Purssey of Scotland in judo 90 kg preliminary Round of 16.

14:34 (IST): Shooting: Prakash Nanjappa (580 points) qualifies for the Men’s 10m Air Pistol finals. Om Prakash bows out as he misses out by just one point and finishes 9th. The finals will be held at 4:30 pm today.

13.55 (IST): India’s first event on Day 3 is Men’s 10m Air Pistol Qualification. Prakash Nanjappa and Om Prakash are in action. Also, Anesha Sayyed is competing in the Women’s 25m Pistol Precision Qualification round.

As many as nine Indian shooters will be in action on Saturday with a lot of focus on Rahi Sarnobat in the 25 metre pistol event. Rahi won two gold medals in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and the 23-year-old from Kolhapur will attempt to swell India’s medal tally here. Rahi and Anisa Sayyed will team up again to defend their 2010 gold once again.

Rahi is among the current crop of shooters who have dominated world events. Last year in April, Rahi scripted history by becoming the first Indian pistol shooter to clinch a gold medal in the ISSF World Cup when she pipped local hope Kyeongae Kim 8-6 in the final of the 25m sports pistol event in Changwon, Korea.

Rahi joined the elite club of rifle shooters — Anjali Bhagwat, Gagan Narang, Sanjeev Rajput, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Ronjan Sodhi and Manavjit Singh Sandhu — who have won gold medals in the ISSF World Cups for India.

Almost half-a-dozen weighty judokas will be on show today. Indian judokas failed to replicate their opening day performance with Sunibala Huidrom missing out on a bronze medal in the women’s 70 kg event losing to Sally Conway of Scotland.

In power events, a lot of focus will be on the boxer Vijender Singh. The 28-year-old Bhiwani man, who has starred in a Bollywood movie, Fugly, will fight in 75 kg class. Another Indian stalwart, Manoj Kumar will be in action in the 64kg class. Of the seven men, only Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Olympic bronze-medallist Vijender were a part of the super-successful team in the 2010 Games.

Manoj was among the three gold medallists, while the more fancied and more famous Vijender had settled for a rather controversial bronze in Delhi. “No matter what the circumstances, we are prepared for everything,” said Vijender, India’s first Olympic and world championships medal winner.

Sardar Singh’s India were rather unimpressive in their 3-1 win against Wales in men’s hockey on Friday. A sluggish India produced better hockey after the breather to get past a resolute Wales defence. But their overall performance was rather shoddy.

Ranked ninth in the world, India scored two goals through penalty corner conversions by V R Raghunath (20th minute) and Rupinder Pal Singh (42nd) before comeback man Gurvinder Singh Chandi scored a field goal in the 47th minute. India will play hosts Scotland today, while Wales will be up against world champions and reigning Commonwealth Games champions Australia.


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Joint statement from the Greater Toronto Area & Hamilton Mayors and Chairs



Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, and Toronto Mayor John Tory
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, and Toronto Mayor John Tory take part in a candlelit vigil to honour the victims of a deadly shooting in Toronto on Wednesday July 25, 2018. Ten-year-old Julianna Kozis of Markham, Ont., and 18-year-old Reese Fallon of Toronto were killed in Sunday's shooting attack, and 13 other people were injured. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

We are united in fighting COVID-19 – protecting our residents and saving lives.

While the measures we have taken to stop the spread of the virus have made a difference, this virus has still taken far too many lives in our communities and continues to threaten the lives of our residents.

At the same time, there is no denying the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the economy. Jobs have been lost, many businesses have closed or are at risk of closure, and many families are worried about their financial future.

We’ve been hit hard but that’s why it is so important that we keep moving forward and come back as strong as possible.

Today, the GTHA Mayors and Chairs met to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the region and how our municipalities can work together on the economic restart and recovery.

We know the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area alone is projected to lose 355,000 jobs and 28% of GDP along with $894 million in lost wages and $3.7 billion in revenue losses for businesses. This will be felt right across the GTHA but it also threatens the provincial and national economies.

A strong recovery right here in the GTHA is crucial to healing the economic damage done by COVID-19 and helping the families and businesses all governments have been working to protect throughout this emergency.

Ontario’s economy and Canada’s economy need the GTHA to come back stronger than ever when the restart begins.

We are determined to deliver this recovery and we agreed today that the GTHA municipalities will be working together to successfully and smoothly reopen our vital regional economy when the time comes.

We also discussed how we can in a consistent way achieve significant, necessary financial support from the other governments to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect our ability to contribute to the recovery. A strong recovery needs strong cities and regional governments.

We have agreed we will work together to share information about our respective financial positions and explore together measures we can advocate to the other governments which will help to ensure the financial stability of local and regional governments in the GTHA.

Our child care and recreation programs help parents get back to work.

Our emergency services keep people safe.

Our transit systems get people to work and home safely.

Our major infrastructure projects – often built in conjunction with the other governments – will help kick-start the recovery and create countless jobs.

Our economic development activities attract jobs and investment.

We built a strong and vibrant GTHA and we know that we will need to come back even stronger and as quickly as we can in order to keep Canada’s economy going.

With the cooperation and support of the provincial and federal governments, we are ready to rise to this challenge.”

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Four People Charged in Mississauga Pedestrian Fail to Remain Fatality



Investigators from the Major Collision Bureau have charged four people in Mississauga’s most recent fatal fail to remain collision.

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, at approximately 8:40 p.m., the victim, a 61 year-old female from Mississauga, was struck by a south bound vehicle as she was crossing Mavis Road in the area of Knotty Pine Grove in the City of Mississauga. The vehicle did not remain and the victim, having suffered major injuries, was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Saturday, February 17, 2018 shortly before 7:00 p.m., Satchithanantha VAITHILINGAM, a 60 year-old male from Brampton, and the driver believed to be responsible in this incident, surrendered to police at 22 Division. Satchithanantha VAITHILINGAM has since been charged with Fail to Remain Cause Death.

Hivissa SATCHITHANANTHAN, a 25 year old female from Brampton, Shajeetha SATCHITHANANTHAN a 28 year-old female from Brampton and Gowtham SATKUNARAJAH a 28 year-old male from Brampton have each been charged with Accessory After the Fact in relation to this incident.

Satchithanantha VAITHILINGAM will answer to his charge on March 12, 2018. Hivissa SATCHITHANANTHAN, Shajeetha SATCHITHANANTHAN andGowtham SATKUNARAJAH will answer to their charges on Monday March 26, 2018 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision, have dashboard video footage of the incident or who may have any information regarding this incident is asked to contact investigators with the Major Collision Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3710. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word ‘PEEL’ and then your tip.

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Justin Trudeau in India: Hug missing! Mounting pressure?



The much publicized and anticipated visit of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to India was marred with questions. The questions were centered on the kind of welcome he would be given in the Sikh dominated state of Punjab. Also the famous hug by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was being anticipated. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally made his much-touted visit to India. He landed on the Indira Gandhi Airport, New Delhi only to be received by Gajendra Singh Shekhawat not even a Cabinet Minister in Narendra Modi’s government.

He is presently the second rank Minister of State for Agriculture.  That comes in complete contrast to the warmth that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his NDA government has generally displayed towards the visiting dignitaries.  Only a couple of weeks ago, when the heads of the 10 ASEAN states arrived in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn’t receive Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the airport, as he has previously done with many leaders including Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, Shinzo Abe, and Benjamin Netanyahu.

The fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn’t join him is all surprising even when Prime Minister Trudeau visited Gujarat. This is unusual because the Indian Prime Minister has set a trend that he always accompanies head of the state when they visit his home state.

Even Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath did not show up, let alone accompany Prime Minister Trudeau to the Taj. However, during Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s 15 January visit to the Taj Mahal at Agra, Yogi Adityanath had received Netanyahu and his wife and shown them around as well as hosted a lunch for them. For first three days, none from the executive or the elected representative held any meeting with the delegation.

Media in India is trying to spread a message that the cold treatment given by Prime Minister could be because two of the four Sikh members of Trudeau’s cabinet – Harjit Sajjan and Amarjeet Sohi – support the Khalistan movement. However, had that been the case his visit to Punjab would have got a similar response.  However, the Punjab Government led by Captain Amarinder Singh rolled out a red carpet during his stay at Amritsar and even the two leaders held some fruitful discussions.

Thus putting an end to those criticisms that that Prime Minister Trudeau’s visit was devoid of any warmth.  Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh, for instance who met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau setting aside his earlier prejudice that he exhibited during the visit of Defence Minister Harjeet Singh Sajjan.

In recent months, Gurudwaras (Sikh temples) in Canada, the United States and Australia have banned Indian officials from visiting gurudwaras and the moment started with Gurudwaras here in Toronto. Could that be the reason for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not accord one of the warmest welcomes that he is known to provide?  Or the use by Canada’s parliament of the term genocide to describe mass killings of Sikhs in India in 1984 has left the Indian Prime Minister disturbed?  However, more than Prime Minister Modi, this could have left the Congress party in troubled waters, but that was also not the case as Amarinder Singh hails from the same party.

The lukewarm welcome to Prime Minister Trudeau can have its political ramifications too. Will it hamper the significant 2015 deal, in which Canada agreed to supply 3,000 metric tons of Uranium to power India’s atomic reactors?

Somewhere Prime Minister Modi has not taken the issue of non allowing entry of Indian officials to Gurudwaras and the statement on Genocide too lightly. Prime Minister Modi however has failed to understand that Canada cannot curtail the right of freedom of speech and expression of its citizen.

Two nations perhaps failed to resolve the matter before Prime Minister boarded the flight from Canada and not welcoming Prime Minister Trudeau could be a tactical decision to put pressure on him. With Prime Minister Modi preferring to meet him at the far end of the tour has conveyed a lot about the myopic approach of Prime Minister Modi.

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